Monday, December 8, 2014

Tour Review - The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

Title: The Broken Destiny
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne

Series: The Broken Trilogy 

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing (SA)

                    Hallowed Ink Press (USA)
Release Date: November 2014
ISBN: 97809922446208

Back blurb:
Her Destiny is to rise above her fall.

You cannot know what light is, if you have not experienced darkness.

Ava and her people have been exiled to the planet Poseidon for reasons she can’t fanthom.

Upon meeting a boy from a different sector, her life turns into beautiful chaos. She begins to feel things she isn’t allowed to, this motivating her to find out the truth about why her kind are so different, and why the Coundil are so interested in her.
Once her mind is freed, with it comes a terrible power that could either save her kind, or destroy them all.
But Eva is not the perfect heroine. She will become what she hates to save the ones she loves, and the cost of such a burden is deadly at best.

About the Author.

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African award winning author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first two books in the Broken Trilogy. Her first YA Dystopian novel, 'The Broken Destiny' reached top 3 in its YA Debut Category. The Sequel 'Evanescent' won YATR literary award for best SCI-Fi Book of 2013 and was nominated for IRC best Indie Novel and Indie cover award 2014. 
"My goal as an author is to touch people's lives, and help others love their differences and one another.
She is not only an author, but works as a marketing manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at College SA.

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Excerpt #3

“What’s so damn funny?” I asked her, almost panicking that someone would notice we had disregarded our curfew yet again.
We slowed down as we rose to a low crouch, the tunnel opening up to a small entrance. Sam held out her hands, her fingers laced together. I gingerly slid a foot into them as she pushed me up toward the small tunnel entrance at the base of a huge, silverwood tree. We had accidentally found the entrance while playing hide and seek when we were kids. It had become our secret hideaway since then. We visited our hideaway almost every afternoon to get away from the severity that school held for me.
I couldn’t help but wonder if I would still have been treated as an outsider, had my grandfather not been our founder. I thought they all held a grudge against me for our existence. Experiments―that’s all we were to the Council. As I pulled Sam through from the other side, a faint light from behind her caused a long shadow to hide her expression, but by the easy set of her shoulders, I could tell that she was still smiling.
“What is it with you? I asked her, somewhat irritated.
She stroked her chin. “I can hear Sonja right now,” she said. “You just do whatever you want, don’t you?” she mimicked, her finger waving in front of my face, her head bouncing from side to side.
“She’ll be furious,” I said. “We’ll get detention for this, or worse. We’ll be imprisoned for the weekend.” I rolled my eyes.
“Oh, no! I don’t want to have to stay indoors and stare at her pudgy face the whole weekend, when I could be staring into François’ hazel eyes instead,” Sam said with a smirk on her face, her eyes sparkling.
“I knew it! You kept it from me, you cow!” I shouted, punching her on the arm full force, making her take a step back.
“Let’s go,” Sam whined, rubbing her arm. “Stop procrastinating. I don’t want to go back any more than you do,” she added irritably, heading for the path between the overgrown bushes.

~ My Review ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dystopia is a type of book that I rarely read but I have begun to read more and more as I discover new authors. Carlyle Labuschagne is a completely new author for me and though I wasn’t instantly interested in reading the book from the blurb, the cover and excerpt drew me in.

I read the book in one sitting due to the unusual scenes that kept unfolding. There was a lot of what felt like side stories going on at one time and I kept saying but why did he or she do that.

Primary characters….
Eva and her BFF Sam, who I really didn’t quite like because of some of her selfishness were in a large part of the book. Later Maya was added and became close to Eva. I really connected with their friendship.

Eva has two love interests Enoch and Troy. Enoch just seemed a bit off to me and I wondered why he acted so peculiar at times and then acted like he had a big crush on her in other times. The book does explain this and doesn’t leave you hanging on it. Troy comes across as a bad boy and one you should stay away from. I felt that their instant attraction could have been developed with more depth and a clearer understanding of why he acted as he did would have been more helpful. I did consider that most likely book two will develop Troy’s feelings for Eva and what the two of them were meet to do with the change in events.

Secondary characters where well developed and were as interesting as the ones I mentioned above, in fact several could even have their own book. 

Overall this book was entertaining and I look forward to how Eva and Troy deal with the cliffhanger in the next book

I was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion via Fire Quill Publishing.

~My Rating ~ 3.75 Stars


1 signed copy of The Broken Destiny
1 custom made t-shirt
1 custom made Book mark
1 custom made book bag
5 Digital copies of The Broken Destiny
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Tour dates

Monday the 3rd of November Review by Kimmy
Wednesday the 5th November  - Review by Sana
Tuesday the 11th November - Review by Aisa
Thursday the 13th November - Spotlight by FQP
Tuesday the 18th November - Guestpost by Deborah
Thursday the 20th November - Review by Anna
Thursday the 25th November - Guestpost by Erika
Thursday the 4th December - Interview by Adrienne
Monday the 8th of December - Review by Teri
Wed the 12th of December - Spotlight by Sandra

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